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Friday BP: The morning after

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So, uh, that happened.

MLB: NLDS-Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, baseball fans.

It is currently 11:01pm on Thursday night and I’m trying not to cry. I needed this to be a win, I’m not ashamed to admit that. It’s been an extremely painful year for me personally. I lost loved ones. I nearly died in a car accident. I nearly lost my parents to COVID-19. I was nearly homeless. Just an all around bad time. I needed this. It’s why I’ve taken the fact that the Giants lost almost every game I recapped so personally. I needed something good. And the Giants mostly provided that this year. I appreciate that.

But it’s not just about me, of course. It’s been a really hard couple of years for humanity, and a rough stretch of years for this team and its fans. The Giants losing this game won’t affect our lives in any significant way, but them winning it would have given us a much needed dopamine rush. But they couldn’t do it. And ultimately, that’s okay.

I could sit here and rant and rave about the final out, and I may do just that in the coming days. But tonight I’m trying to sit with some wine and the fact that this team was never supposed to get this far. They weren’t supposed to be this good. They weren’t supposed to make the playoffs, let alone win the division. They were supposed to be deep in the muddy rebuilding waters. And if you’d asked me at the beginning of this season if I’d be happy to watch a team that won the division, but lost in the first round, I would have been thrilled (if I didn’t know it would have been losing to the Dodgers.)

But I have to say that Dodgers fans aren’t super thrilled with the way the game ended either. I’ve had them in my Twitter mentions all night. Sure, they’re glad they won but they likely would have done so either way. The Giants didn’t exactly put up a huge fight at the plate. It sucks for not only Giants fans, but also Dodgers fans and fans of the game to have such an iconic match-up of the two best teams in baseball, a historic rivalry facing each other in the postseason for the first time at that, end the way it did.

But hey, man, Logan Webb. Am I right? I’ll take that performance any day of the year.

Hopefully I’ll have more coherent things to say about all of this soon. But for now, well, feel free to commiserate or celebrate the season that was, your choice. I’ll be back with you next week.